Singer-songwriter Lena Byrd Miles notches her first leader on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart as “WOW (Walk on Water)” climbs to No. 1 on the chart dated May 6. The song increased by 7% in plays in the tracking week ending April 27, 2023 according to Luminate.
Miles, who grew up in San Leandro, Calif., and was raised in Oakland, co-authored the song with Warryn Campbell (who also produced it) and Eric Dawkins.
“Wow unto ‘WOW,’” marveled Miles after hearing the news of her first leader on any Billboard chart. “I’m just tickled pink that it’s No. 1, and over-the-moon happy about it. God has blown my mind once again. I just have to say ‘thank you’ to all of my supporters.”
“WOW” is from Miles’ rookie album, opens in a new windowBrand New, which was released last October.
“WOW” is Miles’ third Gospel Airplay entry. It follows “This Is the Day,” which reached No. 23 in September 2019, and her featured turn on opens in a new windowJason McGee & The Choir’s “Promises,” which climbed to No. 11 that February.
Prior to launching her solo career, Miles worked with other gospel artists such as Tye Tribbett, Lalah Hathaway, Deitrick Haddon and Dorinda.